Yamato Restaurant, Allston/Brighton
I‘ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been to Yamato. When my boyfriend and I are craving lots of sushi, Yamato is our go-to place. An all-you-can-eat sushi dinner for the two of us runs only about $50. The sushi is made to order, not sitting out in a buffet, and the quality is much better. Of course, for smaller appetites, you can order a-la-carte from the regular menu.
Yamato has its hits and a few misses; after a couple of visits, I figured out exactly what to order, and what to avoid. Overall, appetizers are great. We always order miso soup, steamed pork gyoza, seaweed salad, and vegetarian spring rolls. The thinly sliced fried lotus roots are also yummy – I don’t know of any other place where you can order fried lotus roots! The one appetizer that is often a miss is the agedashi tofu – sometimes the fried batter is really thick, or, more often, the tofu is drenched and soggy in a deep pool of broth.
Nigiri sushi comes with decent sized pieces of fish – the tamago, inari, and bbq eel nigiri are pictured above. Hand rolls are a tad heavy on the rice, but are also quite generous with the fish, and topped with crunchy tempura bits. There is a large selection of maki rolls, from the simple salmon and spicy tuna maki, to rainbow, caterpillar, and dynamite rolls. For an extra dollar per roll, you can order “special” rolls like the heart-shaped “Lover’s Roll” (above).
Yamato has a good selection of sashimi. We usually order the salmon, red and white tuna, and mackerel. Only once did we hit a snag – the red tuna was a strange, bright pink colour and the texture was a bit grainy, as if the fish had been recently defrosted. A regular occurrence however, is what I call the fluke/bass black hole: whenever I order fluke and bass sashimi, only half an order of one of them shows up. I never receive both. Oh well, stick to the other choices, I guess.
For dessert, order plain green tea or vanilla ice cream. Skip the fried deep fried version or the fried bananas, as they are coated in thick batter like the agedashi tofu. Anyway, if you order right, you should be too full from sushi to even think about dessert!
The Final Word: Come here to fill up on loads of sushi and sashimi brought to your table!
Info: Yamato Restaurant, 117 Chiswick Rd, Boston, MA, USA